Judge Dredd: 'Robots'
2000 A.D. Programme 9
23 Apr 77
This Prog had a Harlem Heroes cover by Dave Gibbons, Flesh card game and Invasion, Dan Dare, Flesh, Harlem Heroes and M.A.C.H.1 strips.
5 (or 4 and 3/4)
Judge Dredd: The Early Cases 1, Judge Dredd Annual 1986, The Best of 2000AD, The Complete Judge Dredd 1 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01.
Dredd tries to protect the 'Robot Of The Year Show' from a threat and finds himself relying on a robot to do it.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First Dredd strip to feature the work of John Wagner and Ron Turner, first use of the word Stomm and the first to end on a cliffhanger (of sorts),
Mega-City One has an air purification system. The Transatlantic Tunnel runs from Mega-City One across the sea. The interpass to enter the tunnel is one mile from the exhibition dome. The city also has an exhibition centre in an airtight dome with at least 99 gated entrances.
Robots are commonplace in the city. The 'Robot Of The Year Show' is an annual event held at the dome to exhibit the latest developments in robotics, but this year there have been threats made against the show unless a ransom of 20 million credits was paid.
Among the other robots on show are Heavy Metal Kid, a robot used for heavy lifting and demolition, Robochair, a robot that forms part of a floating wheelchair and the new Police Bloodhound Robot can catch a scent within 20 miles and pinpoint its location and fly.
Myclon Gas is poisonous and fatal to humans if inhaled.
Judges carry respirators and their guns fire explosive bullets. Named Judges: Judge Diablo.
He is assigned to guard the 'Robot Of The Year Show' with Judge Diablo. He doesn't think robots should be given feelings.
He guards the 'Robot Of The Year Show' with Judge Dredd. Diablo is not as concerned about the robot's feelings. He is killed in the Myclon gas attack.
Hundreds. The Perp kills two guards, Diablo and hundreds of exhibition goers die from Myclon Gas inhalation and the Perp is killed when Dredd destroys the Robot controlling his Robochair and crashes.
Heavy Metal Kid: "Goods to shift? Demolition? The Heavy Metal Kid is the robot for you. He'll never let you down!"
In this case it's not about the dialogue, but the context (below)
Robot Of The Year Showgoing boy deserving of a clip around the ear: "Wow! Look at that tin freak burn!"
Diablo says "Stomm".
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
The Trans-Atlantic Tunnel joining North America and Europe was previously seen in Harlem Heroes, Part 6 (and as with last Prog, Mega-City One again appears briefly in Harlem Heroes Part 9, so it is probably the very same Trans-Atlantic Tunnel).
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
This strip serves as a prologue to the next story, Robot Wars.
It's interesting that we never learn the name of the Lawbreaker or the motive for the crime.
There are no credits printed in the strip itself and so the following are taken from Barney.
Script: John Wagner
Artist: Ron Turner
Letters: John Aldrich
The answers in next post's Judge Dredd!